When it comes to Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group, giving back to the community is a year-round activity. Through their Pay It Forward campaign, they are able to highlight individuals who show selfless acts of kindness and those working to bring the community closer together. The government shutdown affected hundreds of thousands of people back in January. Many families suffered during this time because federal workers were not getting paid. Without pay it makes it very hard to provide basic necessities such as food. Prince William County teen resident, Eric McKay stepped up to the plate and donated his lifetime supply of peanut butter to furloughed government workers. McKay suffers from Autism but everyday he chooses to fight through his obstacles like a champ and find ways to impact the lives of others.
Lidl, a local grocery store with several locations in Virginia saw McKay’s generosity along with his good deeds and wanted to get involved. They decided to partner with McKay in honor of National Autism Awareness Month by adding his picture to the front of their brand peanut butter. His nickname is Bean so the jar will say “Lidl Beanut Butter”. For the entire month of April, you will be able to purchase his limited addition peanut butter at Lidl. 10 cents of every jar purchased will go towards the Autism Awareness Society of America. Fox 5 DC went to Lidl’s in Dumfries, VA to support Mckay and be a platform to help spread the word. While there, Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group surprised him with a check for $2,000 which is equivalent to about 20,000 jars of Lidl’s Beanut Butter. This money will be donated to the Autism Society of America as well. Good deeds like Bean’s never go unnoticed. It is truly great to see that so many others will benefit from his spirit of giving. Please click here to learn more about Autism as a whole and find ways that you too can get involved.
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